The Rise of the Champions – to Build a Safer Jakarta
I am from Newtown Connecticut. I grew up in a family where we did our part in being of service to our community. My grandfather was the town constable (police chief) and all my uncles and cousins served in the volunteer fire department.
As for me, I went into Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by becoming an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) for the local ambulance corps and the town’s emergency communication chief where I ran a 9-1-1 center
I learned a lot from my US experience and seeing how far Asia lags behind developed countries in emergency service capabilities I began a quest to do my part, again, in helping to build safer Asian communities.
I’ve volunteered with EMS teams in Laos and Thailand, including emergency medical response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami event.
Also, I’ve done volunteer work to spearhead grassroots projects for upgrading emergency communication systems at local public-safety agencies and now I’m working for the Australasian Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (AREMT)on a consultancy arrangement with Medic One in professional training development
Now, I and my colleagues want to be successful in our endeavor to build safer communities, starting in Jakarta, and we need your help. This success that I’m talking about requires two key ingredients.
The Two Keys to Success
The first key in building safer communities is often dependent on the development of small grassroots projects. Small grassroots projects (like with Medic One SALT) is the way to go since the development of a large project in an Asian country often doesn’t stand a chance due to turf issues and politics.
Especially in large projects, what may make sense from a technical and economical outlook may not agree with the political setting. Also, working with government organizations sometimes move at glazier pace.
The second key to success for any project to be successful is the need for champions to be involved such as with the support of our Medic One founder, drg.D.G. Savitri Wirahadikusumah, MPH.
Local NGO’s get involved and stand behind funding initiatives. Individuals representing academic and political organizations may be willing to support the project in writing. The type and caliber of the champions are critical. Numerous letters of support can be persuasive to a grantor agency. And finally, in large projects, where implementation takes a long time, a government minister is sought out where he can “stay the course.
Will you help us out in building safer communities? Either by allowing us to safeguard you or your loved ones by becoming a Medic One Member or by joining Medic One SALT were we can reach out together to the community.
Thank you for your interest in AREMT/Medic One.
James E. Crouch, AREMT EMT
AREMT Country Assessor